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Little League International Announces Bat Rules Changes for 2012 Season
Little League International Announces Bat Rules Changes for 2012 Season
In an effort to provide timely information on bat rules, Little League International today announced the bat specifications and standards for the 2012 season.
Here are the highlights, followed by the actual text of the 2012 baseball bat rules:
- For the Little League Major Baseball Division and below: The moratorium on composite-barreled baseball bats remains in effect. However, some composite-barreled baseball bats that have been proven in laboratory testing to meet the BPF (Bat Performance Factor) standard throughout the life of the bat, through the Accelerated Break-In (ABI) process, have received waivers. That list is here: Licensed/Approved Composite 2 1/4 Bats.
Note that in the Little League Majors Baseball Division and below, there is no limit on the “drop” weight of any bat.
- For Junior League Baseball: The rule was updated to reflect the changes that were anticipated and published two years ago regarding bats with 2 5/8 inch barrels. As a result, composite-barreled baseball bats in this division, regardless of barrel size, must meet BBCOR (Batted Ball Co-Efficient of Restitution) standards, and must be so labeled. Note that all composite-barreled baseball bats that meet the BBCOR standard have a “drop” of no more than “minus-3.” However, in the Junior League Baseball division, bats that do not have composite materials in the barrel (i.e., all metal, all alloy, all wood), and meet all other applicable standards, can have ANY drop weight. Bats with a barrel of less than 2 5/8 inches also can be used in the Junior League Baseball Division, but must still comply with all other specifications noted.
- For Senior League Baseball and Big League Baseball: The rule was updated to reflect the changes that were anticipated and published two years ago regarding bats with 2 5/8 inch barrels. As a result, all bats with non-wood barrels must meet BBCOR (Batted Ball Co-Efficient of Restitution) standards, and must be so labeled. Because all BBCOR bats have a “drop” of no more than “minus-3,” this means all non-wood bats in these divisions must have a drop of no more than minus-3.
- Tamper-Evident Bats: Because the technology to create bats that show evidence of tampering is not yet available, this aspect of the rules that was anticipated and published two years ago, and again last year, will not apply in 2012.
- Penalty for Use of an Illegal Bat: Previously, the penalty for the use of an illegal bat was simply to remove the bat from the game. In 2012, the penalty has been increased as noted in the rules below.
- Definition of an Illegal Bat: To narrow the definition of an illegal bat, a new entry was added to Rule 2.00, specifically describing an illegal bat for the purposes of imposing the penalty. As a result, the definition includes altered bats, but excludes a bat that: is no longer smooth because of normal use; is cracked or dented because of normal use; has a handle that has a smaller diameter than the measurement noted in the specifications; or, has material on the grip (or no material) that does not meet the specifications.
- Softball: All rules regarding bats in all softball divisions remain the same as in 2011. The moratorium on composite-barreled bats does not apply to softball.
- Licensed Bats: As it has for decades, Little League is publishing a list of licensed bats, all of which have a barrel diameter of 2 1/4 inches. This is not a list of all bats that can be used. As long as the bat meets all the specifications and standards for the specific division of play in question, it need not carry the Little League trademark. (Note that Little League does not license any bats with a diameter of 2 5/8 inches.) The list of licensed 2 1/4 bats can be downloaded as a PDF here: All Licensed 2 1/4 Bats.
The rules regarding baseball bats for 2012 are:
Rule 1.10 - Baseball - The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards.
Little League (Majors) and below: it shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less; EXCEPTION: For the 2011-2012 Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International.
A list of approved and licensed composite bats can be found on the Little League website at www.littleleague.org.
Junior League: it shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. All composite bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
Senior/Big League: it shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
In all divisions, wood bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding sixteen (16) inches (18 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League baseball) from the small end. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.
NOTE 1: Junior/Senior/Big League: The 2 3/4 inch in diameter bat is not allowed in any division.
NOTE 2: The traditional batting donut is not permissible
NOTE 3: The bat may carry the mark “Little League Tee Ball.”
NOTE 4: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼ inch bat ring must be used for bats in the Tee Ball, Minor League and Little League Baseball divisions. The 2 5/8 inch bat ring must be used for bats in the Junior, Senior and Big League divisions of baseball.
NOTE 5: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play. Penalty – See Rule – 6.06 (d).
2.00 Definition of Illegal Bat
Illegal Bat – An Illegal bat is a bat that has been altered or a bat that is not approved for play because it does not meet specifications with regard to length, weight, barrel diameter, labeling or performance standard for the division in which it is used.
6.06 – Baseball - The batter is out for illegal action when –
(d) The batter enters the batter’s box with an illegal bat (see bat specifications Rule 1.10) or is discovered having used an illegal bat.
Note: If the infraction is discovered before the next pitch following the turn at bat of the player who used an illegal bat -
- The manager of the defense may advise the plate umpire of a decision to decline the penalty and accept the play. Such election shall be made immediately at the end of the play.
- For the first violation, the offensive team will lose one eligible adult base coach for the duration of the game.
- For the second violation, the manager of the team will be ejected from the game. Any subsequent violation will result in the newly designated manager being ejected.
Thursday, December 1
2012 ONLL Board of Directors Elected
At the November, 2011 ONLL General Membership Meeting, the Membership elected the following members to Serve as the 2012 Board of Directors. The new Board terms start December 1, 2012.
The Newly Elected Board met after the General Membership Meeting and Elected Michael Mulhern - President for the 2012 Year.
Oceanside Seniors win District 30 & Section 4 Championship
Oceanside combined 15/16yr olds won District 30 outscoring their opponents
23-1 on the arms of Jon Kane & Brian Fajen , and defensively did not commit an error! Our offense was led by Jon Kane, Eric Bornstein, Sal Buzzetta, Anthony Abiuso, Steve Polidoro & Eric Lyons as they all hit over .400.
Next was the Section 4 play for the right to represent Long Island in the state finals. The boys faced District 35 champs Seldon/Centereach and defeated them 8-1 as Jon Kane went 6innings on a very hot day surrendering1 run on 4 hits,1w&6k's. Johnny Orr got his feet wet closing out the game with a1-2-3 inning with 2 strike outs.
Eric Lyons went 2-2,2r & Anthony Abiuso went 2-3,2r,sac, were the catalyst on offense. Chipping in as well was Sal Buzzetta went 1-3, Eric Bornstein went 1-2. Jon Kane added a sac fly.
Then it was onto the Long Island Championship against the boys high school arch rivals, Massapequa. Massapequa started the game with a lead off triple followed by back to back singles for 1-0 lead. When starter Brian Fajen showed how tough he and this team are as he got the cleanup hitter to hit a ground ball that was fielded beautifully by 2nd baseman Eric Lyons, who fed shortstop Anthony Abiuso who turned the DP. Massapequa was turned away with just 1 run and seemed to be caught on their heels as we scored 3 in the bottom of the 1st to take a 3-1 lead. With 1out, Anthony Abiuso worked out a walk after falling behind in the count 0-2,singles by Jon Kane & Eric Bornstein tied the score. Sal Buzzetta gave us the lead with a ground out and Larry Intrabartola went 2-3,2b,r,2rbi, singled driving in the 3rd run. In the 2nd inning Massapequa got a leadoff walk and Eric Bornstein made a great catch going away in centerfield and making a strong throw to 1st to double up the runner who was around 2nd base to prevent a scoring opportunity. Massapequa scored in the 3rd to make it 3-2.in the 4th. We opened up the game as Larry Intrabartola followed a lead off single by Sal Buzzetta with a booming rbi double to right center.
John Orr bunted Larry to 3rd. With 1 out , Larry scored on a squeeze play that got by the catcher for the eventual game winner! In the top of the 5th Massapequa made their last threat as they loaded the bases with 1 out. Johnny Orr relieved tired starter, "IronMan" Brian Fajen - who pitched a great game, and after walk & sac fly that made it 5-4, retired the final 8 batters including the #2,3,4 batters to end the game for a HUGE SAVE!
Next up, State Finals in Allegany in western New York. We will face section 3 champs (city) from Throgs Neck, Bronx in double elimination format of the final four!
By Bill Kane, Manager
National Leaguers Win Baseball Championship
by Bob Burns
For the first time in almost 30 years, an Oceanside 11-12 year-old Little League All-Star team has won the Oceanside American League Tournament this summer. The Oceanside National Little League squad defeated the East Meadow All-Stars, 7-4, completing a string of three upset playoff wins that included a 5-3 victory over Massapequa Coast and a 5-3 win over top-seeded Levittown.
The invitational tournament regularly attracts not only local teams like Rockville Centre and Long Beach, but a number of other Little League districts from Nassau and Queens, as well.
“This is the only time in all the years we’ve run this tournament that an Oceanside team has won the championship,” American League president George Ciociano announced when presenting the winner’s trophies.
The competition within the tournament over the decades has been so difficult that even in years when either an American League or National League team has won the District 30 championship and moved on to the Long Island championship, the American League Tournament prize proved elusive for many of those Williamsport teams.
“Since these kids were first learning to put on a glove and hold a bat, they and their parents have been pointing to and looking forward to the excitement of the Williamsport Little League Tournament play and the American League Tournament that follows,” says the manager of the championship team, Bob Burns. “They set a goal to win the local district and dream of something bigger,” Burns adds. But the team of 12 year-olds lost their bid to be crowned the best in the district that includes 10 towns stretching from Long Beach to Freeport on the South Shore.
The National Leaguers had a disappointing 5-4 loss in extra innings to Freeport, the eventual District 30 Champions. It was followed by an elimination loss to Lynbrook in which two of the Oceanside teams best players were injured.
“We were left with a feeling that we had under-achieved and that the American League tournament would be our opportunity for the kids to show their talent and character,” Burns notes.
Both attributes were on full display in last Tuesday night’s game, when Jordan Gilman struck out two East Meadow batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning, to end the threat and leaving Oceanside with a 5-4 lead. East Meadow threatened again in the last inning, loading the bases, but Gilman’s last fastball was hit weakly to first base when lefty Danny Frisch gloved it and outraced the batter to the bag.
The contest was marked by strong hitting on both sides but overshadowed by great defensive plays that made all the difference. No play was bigger than right fielder A. J. Longo’s back- hand over the shoulder grab of a liner in the sixth inning with no out and a runner on first.
The East Meadow player was already more than half way to second when Longo snared what looked like a sure gapper. The righty seventh grader whirled to his glove side and threw a strike to first for an all -important double play. It was a similar catch to the one he made in the fifth but the throw not in time to double up the runner that time.
Second basemen Joe Totino, who hit a run scoring double early in the game, came up big on defense in the fourth as East Meadow was whittling away at Oceanside’s 5-1 lead. A liner with the bags full appeared headed for right field. But Totino timed his leap perfectly, barely snatching the hard shot, and doubling up the runner at first. Three batters and two runs later, another run saving play was made by Joe Gallub, who had started the game on the hill and was the winning pitcher. Relieved of his pitching duties and moved to centerfield Gallub aggressively charged a line shot up the middle with the bags full of central Nassau residents.
Taking the lined ball on one hop, Gallub uncorked a liner of his own, throwing yet another strike to the plate. Catcher Corey Densing stepped up in front of the dish, catching the ball waist high and then dove for the third base side of the plate, landing atop the East Meadow player hell bent to score. The umpire raised his hand to signal the call as Densing, on his stomach, arched his back and raised his mitt to show he still had the ball. The out call was completed and the Oceanside “Sharks” swarmed both thrower and catcher for getting them out of troubled waters and still holding a 5-3 lead.
“If ever there was a “team” victory in baseball, this was it,” Burns commented. Thirteen of the squad’s 14 players reached base safely. Andrew Grann, Densing and Gallub had two hits each in the 16- hit effort.
The champs posted 5 runs in the second inning with Totino, Scott Davis, Matt Kambic, Justin D’Angelo and Densing crossing home. Kambic, Densing and Gallub had big RBI shots. When East Meadow whittled the lead down to one in the fifth, the “Sharks” retaliated with two insurance runs in the top half of the sixth, giving reliever Gilman (42) some breathing room.
Totino got the rally going with a leadoff walk. With one out, third sacker Ben Schneid singled to center. Both runners then moved up a base on a wild pitch. The lefty swinging Frisch then dropped a soft liner down the left field line scoring Totino. With two out Grann beat out an infield chopper, scoring Frisch.
“Those two runs took a lot of pressure off myself and our two coaches—Bruce Gallub and Jeff Grann- knowing that it would take a bases loaded home run to beat us in the bottom of the sixth,” Burns concluded.
ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP: The following are brief summaries of the Oceanside National team’s path to victory.
Division Championship Game Vs Massapequa Coast: On Sept. 4 pitcher Danny Frisch posted his fourth win of the tournament for the “Sharks” (6-2 team record, overall) pitching an overpowering five innings before being relieved by Scott Davis in the sixth, who closed the deal.
Frisch struck out eight batters including the side in the second, getting the four, five and six hitters in order. His 5-hitter’s only blemish in the 5-2 win was a hit batter followed by a home run in the bottom of the fourth. His ERA for All-Star play this summer was an outstanding 1.36 per nine innings.
The offensive output for the National Leaguers began in the third as Frisch and James Grossi got key hits to put up the first score. The “Sharks” added three big runs the following inning. Mike Connell singled and Nick Martinez walked with no one out. With one out and runners on second and third, Totino delivered a shot to score both. Frisch followed with a walk, moving Totino to third. The speedy infielder then scored on a wild pitch. The winners added a run with two outs in the sixth on Matt Kambic’s RBI single to left, scoring Martinez, who had singled as well. The upset win reversed a 5-0 loss to Massapequa earlier in the tournament.
Division Semi-Final Game vs Levittown: On August 27th, the National League squared off against 2nd seed Levittown, which had bested them 3-1 in regular tournament play. This time, when it mattered more, the “Sharks” bats came alive for 5 runs, supporting the 4-hit, 6-strike out performance of Joe Gallub, who went five innings for the W. Nick Martinez mopped up getting glove help from Ben Schneid who snared a liner at second and doubled off the runner at first for the final out of the game. The hitting stars of the game included Andrew Grann (3-3 with 2RBI), Mike Connell (1-3, 2 Runs), and Gallub (2-3, 2b, Run). Corey Densing and Scott Davis each contributed a single and an RBI.
The Oceanside team locked its playoff spot with a 4-0 win over Long Beach, Danny Frisch throwing the shutout. Danny also had a victory over the East Meadow B team and Hollis/Queens Village.
In all levels of Summer Tournament play, Oceanside National compiled a 10-6 record with a team batting average of .292 and a pitching staff ERA of 3.35 per nine innings. It scored 76 runs while giving up 56, underscoring the importance of good pitching and defense to win tightly played games against very good opponents.